Most of its provisions became effective from 18 April 2016. The Act increases the powers of the Secretary of State for Education to intervene in ‘schools causing concern’. In practice these powers of intervention will be exercised by Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs). In some circumstances, these might include the power to issue an academy order to a maintained school.
Concerns about the implications of the Act may lead some school leaders or governors of maintained schools to consider ‘jumping before they are pushed’ into academy status.
The NUT supports all its members, whether they work in academies or maintained schools, and continues to develop negotiating, representative and policy-making structures to best represent all members. However it is important that any decisions about a change of status for a school are taken for sound educational reasons, not because of misunderstanding over the current law or fear of an uncertain future.